Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 20

Remains of the J

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2009 on The CW
out of 10
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290 votes

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Episode Summary

Jenny's kinda-not-sweet sixteen! Serena throws Jenny a small birthday party for her sweet sixteenth, but things get out of control when Poppy Lifton turns the birthday into a huge social event. Vanessa, in a moment of desperation, agrees to help Chuck with a scheme having to do with Blair and Nate. Meanwhile, Rufus tries to figure out how to cover Dan's Yale tuition, when he learns that Dan will not receive financial aid.moreless

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  • 220

    When Serena said her life was in a rut, it really made us realize how much this show is in a rut. Constantly switching partners, repeating the same story lines and relationships. Gossip Girl may have returned too form these past 2 weeks, but this episode was just a total regression in quality.

    I really couldn't understand Jenny's reasoning at all, and 2 seasons in, and I still can't stand her character. It seems like she hasn't grown up at all, regardless of her age. She's still immature and definitely annoying.

    Serena is also starting to bug me. So your life is in a rut? What do you do? Leave your family and friends and go to Spain without telling them. Horrible decision on her part, and Poppy isn't doing the show any favors. The two pairings put on the fore front here just don't make any sense, and it seems like the writers are just drawing at straws here.moreless
  • Swing your partner, do si do

    This is ridiculous. I can't even feel anything for any of the couples anymore because they don't stop switching. One week they are in love, then boom nothing, then oh I love you again. What the heck!!?? Blair loves chuck, now he wants Elle, oops no Blair again, but he's going to screw Vanessa. Don't get me started on Nate and his womanizing ways and what he did to poor Vanessa. The whole thing was convoluted and way too much in one episode. Seriously if you make every character hook up with every character, no one will be left. The show won't last much longer at this rate and it's not even remotely believable anymore. The last 3 episodes have been subpar at best. One good thing wow do Chuck and Vanessa have chemistry. That was hot lol.moreless
  • ...

    Hmm, I'm impressed with scoring, cause it's kinda high, but at same time I'm shocked cause it wasn't such a good episode. In past few weeks there were some really good ones that didn't score that high.

    So... I liked only one thing. lol. and the thing that I liked is - they're trying to return on the good old Gossip Girl path, though they do not succeed yet, but I can still feel the effort and that's good. This is why I put 8, not 6.

    In this episode there were a lot of things that pissed me off. So I'm gonna start with writers work. Why the hell they need to put on the show all the off-screen couples. OK, I understand that they can't do anything with Serena and Dan, but why they needed to include Chuck and Vanessa's hook up on Gossip Girl. I was pretty mad when in the previous episode they made Blair and Carter together. But this..... Did they face with lack of actors to introduce in GG?? Although that Chuck-Vanessa storyline was in GG style. Next couple - Blair-Nate, it's the dumbest idea ever, nevertheless they look adorable together. Why I don't like they're being together is because of Blair, she's becoming so corny and looks like a character from old movies - naive, beautiful and kinda smart, but it's not the Blair we love. It's kinda ok, but it was too much in this episode. And that Brangelina-Aniston triangle was really stupid thing to mention. Her naiveness reminded me a movie, which title I still can't remember.

    That party for J, was totally terrible and this storyline was complicated because: 1) lil J and no party don't match each other; 2) Serena, since when she's thinking about her socialist role?? it was mentioned only twice during all two season; 3) still can't understand the dumbness of Chuck - why he's chasing Blair only when he has obviously lost her???

    These and many more dumb questions about dumb storylines.

    Don't hate me I'm just writing my weekly review about GG, besides these weekly reviews becoming in monthly reviews because of these silly hiatus.

    Hola Espana?! Adios Serena!moreless
  • Jenny rocks this episode...

    I just want to kick the directors in the bums. Do they know what fans want or are they just to ignorent. But hopefullly the know what people want. Okay bottum line The reamins of J (Jenny). I thought for an episode that suppose to be about Jenny you didn't see as much of her as you should have. But I thought the parts she was in were really good. When she said "I refuse to be a park avenue princess" I thought that was a really good part.

    Now to the hole Blair+Chuck, Chuck+Vanessa, Vanessa+Nate and Nate+Blair thing really annoys me. I absolutly hate it when people on shows get together just to get revenge at other characters. Grrrr... But sources say that in the episode Seder anything okay get ready...

    A new supposed reformed Gorgina Sparks returns to the upper East side. Also Cyrus Rose returns.

    Serena hooks up with someone in Spain I think.

    Blair and Chuck try to show Serena what an ass her new Beau is.Blair and Chuck are starting to bond and Nate tries to compete with Chuck by asking Blair to move in with him. Which causes tension between Chuck and Nate and causes a game "Who will win the Waldorf" with unexpected results.

    Also sources say that in the end of the season or beggining of season 3 Blair and chuck get together when chuck in episode 24 of season2 says to Blair "I love you" awwww. Also that Vanessa gets a puppy dog:)moreless
  • omfg chuck and vanessa!!

    ahhh ok im a huuuge chuck and blair fan but im loving chuck and vanessa..those 2 got some sizzling chemistry its probably because their actually datin in real life..dont like/care about nate and blair thier boring and will obviusly break up soon..i like seeing dan and serena as friends today..i think they should be friends for a while the whole couple think is too much. i didnt really liked how jenny acted in this epi..very ungratful well she did have her reasons i guess. and wats up with scott? i guess hes not dead after all..im looking forward to see where this storyline goesmoreless
Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer

Gabriel Edwards

Guest Star

Stevie Ray Dallimore

Stevie Ray Dallimore

Mr. Rosson

Guest Star

Anne Torsiglieri

Anne Torsiglieri

Mrs. Rosson

Guest Star

Tamara Feldman

Tamara Feldman

Poppy Lifton

Recurring Role

Connor Paolo

Connor Paolo

Eric van der Woodsen

Recurring Role

Aaron Schwartz

Aaron Schwartz


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Jenny: Dad, I don't smell coffee.
      Dan: Yeah, and the waffle iron's cold.
      Rufus: Lily's having us over for breakfast. She wants to talk to us about something.
      Dan: Ominous.
      Jenny: Or delicious. Do you know how many different types of jam they have?
      Rufus: Let's go, we're gonna be late.
      Jenny: It's a LOT!

    • Poppy: A girl like you should be on the arm of a designer at the costume ball one day and yachting around the Maldives the next. Not making up and breaking up with the same high school boy and feuding with your frenemy.
      Serena: I know. Look, what can I do?
      Poppy: Well.. this party would be a good place to start.
      Serena: Yeah, I thought that, but Jenny is just really set on something more simple.
      Poppy: Any sixteen year old girl would love that kind of party that you should be throwing - adult, elegant, the right notables in attendance. And you saw the way that she looked at that dress, she loves it. She wants a party like this, she just needs someone to hold her hand a little.

    • Gossip Girl: Mistakes.. We all make them. They usually start with the best of intentions. Like keeping a secret to protect someone.. or getting some distance from the person you've become. Sometimes we don't even know what mistakes we've made to get us where we are.. or we figure it out just in time to make it right again. But every mistake happens for a reason - to teach you a lesson you would otherwise never learn. And hopefully you'll never make that mistake again. Lucky for me, that never happens.

    • Blair: I should of know that it was too good to last. It's just... I was having so much fun hanging out with a normal guy like Nate. We may not have had the drama or the electricity, but you know what we did have?
      Dorota: Fun?
      Blair: Yes, Dorota. Fun. Nate.. He's so nice. Being around him wasn't hard, it didn't hurt. Until now. I miss my friend Nate.
      Dorota: Maybe you get happy soon.
      Blair: True. The ducks do soothe me. Give me my loaf!

    • Gossip Girl: Uh-oh. Looks like someone's up to their old tricks, and just in time, too. Cuidado, España. Here comes El Problema!

    • Serena: Teenage ragers, annoying sort-of-siblings, being yelled at by my mother? This should not be my life.

    • Jenny: Maybe Serena was just trying to be nice, but the party that she threw was totally embarrassing. You know, at least last year, it was my face on the cake. And the people at my party might have hated me, but at least they knew who I was. I know that it's hard for you guys to understand. But I like being me. And as crazy as it may seem, I choose not to be a Park Avenue princess. On my birthday, or any other day. No matter what my address might be.

    • Rufus: OK, who's mess is it?
      Dan: All I did was carry the chili and prevent teenagers from having unprotected sex.
      Eric: Serena may have had her own motives, I may have helped with the crowd situation with a few inspirational words, but..
      Jenny: But I was the one who posted the party on Gossip Girl.

    • Serena: When this family was just me and Eric, if things got out of control it was a pretty safe bet that it was my fault.
      Eric: That's true!
      Serena: But as this family grows, so does the pool of suspects. This is not my mess. (leaves)

    • Serena: Mom, I admit I made a few phone calls. If you want to punish someone for the passed hors d'oeuvres, point the finger here. Guilty as charged. But as far as all the people...
      Lily: Oh, and you expect me to believe that Jenny was behind this? After she had me cancel the best caterer in town because she wanted clue and a crock-pot?
      Eric: Mum, you could at least make an attempt to mask your distaste.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted: Two people who should know better... And two people who don't know what hit them.

    • Jenny: Enjoy my party?
      Eric: Yeah, I was just saying to Jonathan that this is lovely, intimate family gathering.
      Jonathan: Nothing says Jenny Humphrey like a customized cocktail napkin.

    • Blair: I thought Chuck was my future, Nate a part of my juvenile past. But now I'm thinking Chuck was just something I had to get out of my system in order to realize Nate was my destiny all along.

    • Gossip Girl: Poor B, it's hard to turn up the heat with an old flame, but stand back, someone's about to add fuel to this fire.

    • Blair: Pour that Dom down the drain, Dorota! Wait, it's the '96?
      Dorota: What happened miss Blair?
      Blair: He kissed me on the forehead, like Chevalier kissed Gigi. Like he was a man, and I was a little girl! No passion, no spark. Maybe Chuck was right, maybe all Nate and I have together is just... History.

    • Blair: On their first trip to Africa, Brad and Angelina's lovemaking was so intense the guards thought they were being attacked!
      Nate: How about I just start by talking to Vanessa and see where all this goes? Sounds good?
      Blair: Sounds great!

    • Blair: You know what I was just thinking? Jennifer Aniston is totally fine now. I'm sure Brad doesn't even feel bad anymore. I mean, I'm sure that there was some collateral damage, which is always sad. But his fate lay with Angelina, and he knew that. So he had the tough conversation and moved on.
      Nate: This is your way of saying that I should be break up with Vanessa, so me and you can..
      Blair: .. embrace our fate. Yes.

    • Chuck: (on Blair-Nate relations) Friends? That makes total sense. There's no spark between you two. Never was. You're like a green twig and a soggy match, a rusty hammer and an icy nail.
      Blair: Nate and I had.. had plenty of spark. Better than that fireworks.
      Chuck: That was us.

    • Blair: Chuck. Don't act like I didn't fight for you. I did. Hard, and for a long time. So please, forgive me if now that we're over, I'm exhausted.
      Chuck: So you do it with Nate, cause it's easy?
      Blair: I'm not with Nate, but if I was - what's wrong with easy? Maybe it's easy because it's right.

    • Gossip Girl: And when you're not from the Upper East Side, sometimes morning is just a start of a very bad day.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted: S, learning the answer to the age-old question - What if you were throwing a party, and no one cared? - When that happens, don't cancel. Make them eat cake!

    • Serena: Every culture in the world has some version of a Sweet Sixteen party, it's like a universal rite of passage.

    • Lily: Oh, Charles, you're staying for breakfast?
      Chuck: I have an appointment.
      Dan: What does Chuck Bass do at 8am? It's not like you have workouts.
      Chuck: I do my cardio in the evenings. And morning is for business for which I am late. So if you'll excuse me...
      Eric: Does this feel like a sitcom to anybody else?
      Dan: It feels like a reality show.
      Chuck: Good. So I can vote you off.
      Dan: (after Chuck leaves) It would almost be scary if it wasn't wearing plaid.

    • Gossip Girl: Mornings are simply more fun on the Upper East Side. Our favorite things to wake up to? The sun in the sky, the Nikkei on the rise, and a wake-up call from your latest lover... Or your best friend.

    • Chuck: I came up with several excellent ideas. You just shot them down.

      Vanessa: Yeah, because most of them involved leaking the Chuck-Vanessa sex tape on the Internet.

      Chuck: We don't have to leak the tape if you don't want to.

    • Jenny: I like being me, and as crazy as it may seem, I choose not to be a Park Avenue princess on my birthday or any other day no matter what my address might be.
      Rufus: What are you talking about, Jenny?
      Dan: The real estate agent called today.
      Jenny: Dad, you and Lily might wanna live together, but I'm just not ready to stop being a Humphrey.
      Erik: Wait, we'll live together?

    • Gossip Girl: Every mistake happens for a reason - to teach you a lesson you would otherwise never learn. Lucky for me, that never happens. XOXO, Gossip Girl

    • Vanessa (sees Nate and Blair): Why are they here? (Nate and Blair see Vanessa and Chuck) What do we do? (kisses Chuck)
      Gossip Girl: Spotted: Two people who should know better and two people who don't know what hit them.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Co zbylo z J (What Is Left of the J)

    • For this first 20 episodes, Blake Lively ("Serena") was nominated for the 2009 Astra Award for "Favourite International Personality or Actor".

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: April 29, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Norway: May 27, 2009 on TVNorge
      Greece: June 13, 2009 on Star
      Turkey: January 19, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Poland: February 14, 2010 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: April 17, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Australia: June 3, 2010 on GO!
      Slovakia: June 27, 2010 on Doma

    • Music in this episode:
      "Baby Boombox" by The Handcuffs
      "Gone Away" by Sorta
      "Money Honey" by Lady Gaga
      "Sure Can Start" by Two Hours Traffic
      "Dance Till Dawn" by Heartsrevolution
      "Hit From The Morning Sun" by Mongrel
      "Break It Down" by Alana D
      "Lights Off" by The Dears


    • Gossip Girl: Mornings are simply more fun on the Upper East Side. Our favorite things to wake up to? The sun in the sky, the Nikkei on the rise, and a wake-up call from your latest lover... Or your best friend.

      Nikkei is Japanese media enterprise known and respected all around the world. It affects the creation of new value in the economy, quality of life and culture. It has newspapers in Japanese and in English.

    • Episode title: Remains of the J

      The Remains of the Day is a novel by by Japanese-British author Kazuo Ishiguro and movie directed by James Ivory and starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. The Remains of the Day ranks in the Sunday Times list of 100 greatest novels. It's a story about a butler, who decides to sacrifice his life to the loyal service of Lord Darlington.